Panthers at Saints: What to expect, prediction and best bets in Week 7
By Dean Jones
The Carolina Panthers face one of their biggest tests of the 2020 season so far when they travel to the New Orleans Saints in Week 7.
Big challenges are coming thick and fast for the Carolina Panthers during what promises to be a critical few weeks of competitive action. Matt Rhule’s men are going into an NFC South divisional matchup at the New Orleans Saints in Week 7 on the back of a home loss to the Chicago Bears and it would be a major upset if they could get back to winning ways in this one.
It is going to be difficult, but not impossible by any stretch of the imagination. The Carolina Panthers showed steady improvement during their three-game winning run before eventually coming up short once again against a team with postseason ambitions. But the Saints pose another threat entirely in their bid to reach the Super Bowl at the end of the campaign.
This is going to be a fascinating game for so many reasons. Most notably, it will see quarterback Teddy Bridgewater come up against his most recent team before departing in free agency of the Panthers on a three-year, $63 million deal.
Bridgewater’s perfect stint under center when Drew Brees went out through injury saw him go 5-0 in 2019, which was all Carolina needed to make the signal-caller their man to replace Cam Newton. Joe Brady’s scheme is similar to Sean Payton’s in New Orleans during his time working as an assistant with the organization, so what happens off the field will be almost as important as what transpires between the lines.
The Panthers are underdogs for the game, despite the Saints missing wide receiver Michael Thomas. We took a look at what to expect, best bets for the clash, and a score prediction as Carolina looks to avoid back-to-back losses.